While browsing the Alabama State Archives, I have frequently run across some really interesting old photographs of Alabamians with absolutely no information about them. I always thought it was a shame that some family tried to save the photo for posterity by giving it to the Archives, but it is sad that we do not know the names.
Since we have so many readers around the world, I decided to publish a few of the really old ones on the website from time to time and perhaps someone will be able to identify the people in them or at least we can all enjoy looking at them. They provide an interesting glimpse of Alabama’s past.
If you have information, please share it in the Reply section below and be sure to identify the photograph (i.e. File #, File #) in your response. You can also click on the link at the top to reach the actual Archives photograph and provide any information you have directly to them.
Students in a farm mechanics class at an agricultural school in Hamilton, Alabama ca. 1900 – File # Q5534
This one appears to be taken in Cinncinatti, Ohio at a bookmobile ca. 1920s? Seems out of place in Alabama
This last photograph is clearly identified but I thought family members might enjoy seeing it since it is so old (ca. 1890) and in case they were not aware of it. Janie Smith (Mrs. Ed Barrett) of Birmingham, Claudia Lewis (Mrs. William Joseph Orum) of Montgomery, Jim Bullock of Montgomery, and Mr. Lugenheal [?] of Montgomery Q5325
History of Alabama: And Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi from the Earliest Period Vol I by Albert J. Pickett
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